Food Lab Supports Mars Petcare to Achieve Climate-Smart Wheat Supply Chain

Mars Petcare, with project support from the Food Lab, has become the first company to deliver a case study measuring carbon using the new Gold Standard protocols (standards designed to meet the global GHG reduction goals set forth in the Paris Agreement). Most farmers do not manage for GHGs, but they care about their soils…

Bold Effort Launched Turn Agriculture from a Major GHG Source into a Climate Change Solution

Last month, Daniella Malin, the Food Lab’s Agriculture & Climate Program Director, participated in a launch meeting of OpenTEAM in Denver, Colorado. The collaborative project seeks to harness vast amounts of open source data and software to drive soil health improvements across millions of acres of farmland and change the future of our planet. OpenTEAM…

Parenting and System Leadership: A Common Path to Mastery

By Hal Hamilton   Since I became a live-next-door grandfather, it has occurred to me that the path to personal mastery, common to both parenting and system leadership, is revealing. I notice the following approaches by both parents and leaders: Make demands. Figure out shared self-interest. Facilitate long-term shifts. Each of these three approaches is…

Webinar: Lessons Learned: Two Years of Small Grains in the Corn Belt

As part of our Small Grains in the Corn Belt initiative, Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and the Food Lab are asking the questions: Can farmers be profitable when adding a small grain and cover crop to their corn and soy rotation?  What additional sustainability value can be captured by the supply chain? Is it…

Open Source Soil Health Communications Toolkit

In honor of World Soil Day, the Food Lab has created a soil health communications toolkit to help our partners talk to the business relevance of soil health. The toolkit includes: An open source slide deck that connects the importance of soil health to business, identifies best practices and showcases private sector actions. The deck is…

Small Grains in the Corn Belt Newsletter

This month, Sustainable Food Lab launched a monthly Small Grains in the Corn Belt Initiative newsletter. In partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, the goal of this initiative is to establish the right conditions to make small grains work for farmers in the Midwest with the assumption that market demand is necessary to incentivize diversifying…

Business Action on Supply Chain Food Loss & Waste

Global food companies have questions about food loss and waste; the Sustainable Food Lab and Wageningen University & Research want to help them get answers. Through a partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, we are engaging a number of companies to learn more about the potential for increasing efficiencies in smallholder supply chains by reducing food…

The Three Barriers to Business Sustainability – and how to get through them

Written by Hal Hamilton Sustainability in the business world always begins with quick wins. We increase efficiency with energy, water and fertilizer, for example. Those innovations save money and so are able to scale naturally.  Then it gets harder. Beyond the early steps we face three barriers: Organizational resistance Systemic resistance Internal resistance. To get…